About Wee Care

OUR HISTORY

In 2013 Wee Care Developmental Centre begins 40 years of unique care and excellent teaching of little children in the HRM.

In 1973, the Wee Care Developmental Centre was established by the Cerebral Palsy Association for children with cerebral palsy. This made Wee Care the first daycare in Eastern Canada developed to meet the needs of children with physical disabilities and developmental delays.

In 1974, Wee Care also welcomed all children with special needs. The HMCS Iroquois adopted Wee Care as a philanthropy project — They continue to help Wee Care to this day. The IWK Children’s Hospital continued their liaison with us. Wee Care carried on working with other community organizations.

In 1985, Wee Care recognized the importance of an integrated setting and began providing services to all children. Physiotherapy services were introduced at Wee Care.

In 1986, the community rallied together to renovate the building that had been Wee Care’s home since 1973. These improvements continued until 1990.

In 1987, Wee Care became a Metro United Way agency. Funds donated through the United Way allow Wee Care to provide on-site rehabilitative services such as physiotherapy.

In November of 1991, Wee Care’s home was destroyed by a fire. The generosity and support of the people of Nova Scotia enabled them to re-open just one day after the fire, operating at the Bethany United Church on Dutch Village Road. Wee Care held its 1st Annual Fundraising Auction to support the replacement of items lost in the fire.

From 1992-1995, children and staff worked, played and grew in a space that was generously donated by the congregation of the Bethany United Church. Occupational therapy services were introduced at Wee Care. Obstacles for the ground breaking were overcome and capital funding and fundraising for the new building were complete. Ground breaking took place at Wee Care’s original site, 5217 Young Street.

On a stormy April 1, 1997, Wee Care moved into phase one of its new building. With help from the community and HMCS Iroquois, Wee Care moved from Bethany United Church into the new building. By April 14 of the same year, an infant program was created to enable Wee Care to accommodate children as young as six months. Wee Care’s program was also expanded from 24 to 42 children.

During 1998/1999, the HMCS Iroquois, along with local businesses and organizations provided funds and volunteers to build our new deck, playground and “Snoezelen” multi-sensory room.

In 2000 Thyssen Elevator and the general community installed an elevator in our centre.

In 2003 “Wee” celebrated a milestone — our 30th Anniversary — in the newly improved and fully completed building Wee Care Developmental Centre – Veith House.

In 2006 “Wee” extended our playground to introduce an infant/toddler playspace, water park, and sports pad – all of which are wheelchair accessible.

In 2007 “Wee” expanded into a neighbouring building, introducing 12 new childcare spaces.


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Wee Care Developmental Centre celebrated their 45 years on February 28, 2018 by hosting an Open House at 5217 Young St. We invited all past & present staff, families and friends of Wee Care. They all joined us for an evening of celebrating this amazing accomplishment.

Mission Statement


We strive to maximize abilities and to provide education and support services to children and their families.


Our Philosophy


Wee Care is a non-profit community service. It provides pre-school programs based on the rationale of early intervention and integration. Wee Care’s classes give professional and inclusive care for children with special needs and typical children, from the ages of 6 months to six years.


Our Structure


Wee Care is operated by a full-time staff of trained early childhood educators. The Centre strives to maintain a ratio of four children to one teacher. The staff also attend workshops and training sessions to learn of new developments in their field. The added knowledge and new skills help them meet each child’s different needs.

Wee Care Developmental Centre also provides field placements for students interested in planning careers with special populations. Placements are available for students who are studying:

  • Special Education
  • Recreation
  • Physiotherapy
  • Occupational Therapy
  • Psychology
  • Community Services
  • Child Studies


Our Board of Directors


Chair: Kent Doe (Interim)
Vice Chair: Keith Fitzgerald (Interim)
Treasurer: Kerri-Lynn McGrath (Interim)
Secretary: Heather Langley (Interim)

Directors:

Justin Adams

Daniel Maguire

Ashley Mann

Executive Officers

Sarah Brown,  Interim Executive Director 
, Bookkeeper